What To Bring To College: Things To Leave Behind


Sometimes it’s what you DON’T bring that matters. We here at Dorm Delicious try our darndest to make sure you’re well prepared for dorm life. That includes giving you tips on what NOT to bring once you arrive. Here’s a quick list of things you should leave off of your packing list.

High school yearbooks, old diaries, mementos

College, like the mid-90’s for Madonna, is a time for reinvention. For most people, it means a completely clean slate: no high school drama, none of the old cliques or problems, and the chance to be the person you always knew you could be. A really quick way to hinder all of that is to bring high school with you, in the form of yearbooks, mementos or huge photo albums. Sure, people at college want to get to know you; they don’t, however, want to get to know everyone else that went to your high school. So do yourself (and your hall mates) a favor—leave high school at home.

ALL your clothes

It’s tempting, we know. You think, “Sure I never wore it in high school, but maybe pink flannel vests are all the rage at college.” Let’s set the records straight: they’re not. Plus, you’re going to have a limited amount of space in your dorm room, as your closet is only so big and your roommate probably won’t like you using their side as a hamper. So bring only what you need and love, and save the rest for Fall Break.


Unless you’ve been living in the ice deserts of Siberia for the past couple of years, chances are you’ve noticed that CDs are on their way out. Most music today is listened to and traded in MP3 format (or another file format). Nowhere is this more true than in college, where file sharing is about as common as the Freshman 15. With music files, you can quickly share your music with your hall mates, make mix CDs for that cute girl in your Intro Calc. class, and generally be super cool. CDs are great, but if you bring them to college, your roommate may be tempted to use them as coasters.


They’ve got food there. Trust us. It’s college, not the moon.

Unnecessary appliances – toaster, toaster oven, etc.

The goal of most students when it comes to their dorm room is to maximize what little space they’re given. It’s difficult to do this if you’ve cluttered up your room with microwaves, toaster ovens, blenders, juicers, bread-makers, and other superfluous supplies. Most school dormitories have either a kitchen area or a dining hall right inside the dorm, so you don’t have to turn your room into a full service diner. Also, many schools actually ban certain cooking supplies from the rooms, like grills and toaster ovens.


Mr. Cuddles, adorable though he may be, does not want to go to college. Furthermore, your college doesn’t want Mr. Cuddles. He didn’t send in an application, he’s not qualified, and he can’t even grip a pencil.

Incense, candles

Let’s be serious for a second. Candles and incense are fire hazards, plain and simple. Many colleges ban students from having candles or incense in the rooms, and will fine as much as $100 per candle found in the room during Health and Safety Inspections. So don’t bring any candles or anything else requiring the use of an open flame to college—it’s impractical, dangerous, and downright expensive.

Expensive jewelry and family heirlooms

College is essentially like sleeping over at a friend’s house. Only it’s not a house, it’s a huge college campus, and instead of sleeping, it’s living there permanently for four or more years, and instead of one friend it’s thousands of people you don’t know. You wouldn’t bring your grandmother’s pearls to a slumber party—don’t bring them to college.

Did we forget something? Leave a comment and tell us what your college doesn’t want you to bring!


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